A/N: YAY! So here we are, chapter one of Mine! I'll give y'all my plans for this at the end A/N... :) Oh! And as for the "Mine" title, this is inspired by Mine by Taylor Swift. I've always thought it fit Tangled cute-ly, and then I thought of this and I was like, "AWW!" lol, anyway. So, the song Rapunzel's going to sing in this chapter is Mine, but tweaked a tiny bit :)
Do you remember, when we were sitting there by the water?/You put your arm around me for the first time/you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter/You are the best thing that's ever been mine!
Disney: NO! YOU. DO. NOT! OWN! TANGLED! It is not the best thing that's ever been yours because you do not own it.
Me: :(( aww...*sniff sniff* I was hoping that an adorable song would seduce you into letting me own it...
"Eugene, do you remember the song I sang the night you proposed to me?" Rapunzel asked her husband softly as they sat in a boat out on Corona's waters on Rapunzel's twenty-second birthday, watching the lanterns float through the sky.
"Of course I remember! Even though I was definitely zoning out a little bit, you know, from being all terrified to propose…" he answered.
"I'm sorry about that."
"Oh, you didn't have anything to do with me being terrified. I was mostly just worrying I wouldn't get it right. And your father. Do you have any idea how scared I was that he'd have me hanged or something when I asked if I could marry you?"
"He always has liked to give you a hard time, hasn't he?" Rapunzel giggled.
"You were so clueless and adorable," he said, fond of the not-so-distant memory, "You had absolutely no idea I was going to propose, and I don't know how, with everyone hinting at it and me being so nervous and obvious."
"Well, everyone had been hinting at that practically since you brought be back, so I didn't think anything about it." Rapunzel laughed.
"Very true." said Eugene as his bride picked up her guitar that they always made sure to bring along on the boat with them and began strumming the familiar song.
He smiled, memories of their first meeting flooding back. He couldn't believe it had already been four years since then, and over a year since they'd gotten married.
"I say 'Can you believe it?'
As we're lying on the couch
The moment I can see it
Yes, yes, I can see it now
Do you remember, we were sitting there by the water?
You put your hand in mine for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine…"
As she kept strumming and singing, he wondered how he could not remember sitting there by the water, watching those lights for the first time four years ago tonight. It was definitely one of the best moments of his life. It was the night he realized and accepted the fact that he was in love with Rapunzel.
"Oh, oh, oh,
And I remember those lights,"
That magical first time they saw the lights. It was a moment like no other.
That next morning, at "too early AM", as Eugene called it, when he'd escaped from prison, and when they'd been so overjoyed about Eugene coming back to life that they practically couldn't speak.
"As everything was slipping right out of our hands,"
But that perfect moment like no other of seeing those lights had to end, just like that perfect moment when Rapunzel was born. Before he knew what was happening, she was ripped away from him and in trouble, and all he could do was pace in his cell, awaiting his fate.
"I ran out crying and you followed me out into the street,"
Well, pacing and awaiting before he escaped thanks to Maximus and the Snuggly Duckling guys, and raced to her tower to save her.
"Braced myself for the 'Goodbye'
'cause that's all I've ever known,"
It had been horrible in her tower to watch Rapunzel realize that there was nothing she could do to save him, and that she'd have to say goodbye to him, whether or not she wanted to.
"Then you took me by surprise,"
It was most likely the surprise of her life to see him come back to life. Really, because most of the time, when someone dies, you don't expect to bring them back to life with magical tears that you just so happen to have in addition to your once-magical hair. But surprisingly, it happened.
"You said, 'I'll never leave you alone.' "
That promise he made her after he came back to life had defined so much in their relationship. It was probably a big part of why they were here together right now, because he was never able to bring himself to break that promise.
"You said, 'I remember how we felt sitting by the water
And every time I look at you, it's like the first time
I fell in love with a careless man's careful daughter
She is the best thing that's ever been mine' "
And that was what he told her on the way back to the kingdom when she began to doubt herself. Well, minus the part about calling her father careless – no, sir, he did not say that, he was too scared of the King then to ever say that. In reality, he said that he fell in love with "the Lost Princess, the King and Queen's daughter, without even knowing it", but he knew what Rapunzel meant when she wrote the song.
He truly meant what he said. She was so much more valuable to him than any crown would ever be. He leaned in and kissed her forehead as she ended the song.
"It's still true, Rapunzel. You're the best thing that's ever been mine." He said.
Rapunzel smiled brightly and subtly placed her hand over her stomach before slowly beginning, "Well, pretty soon, you'll have something else that'll probably also be one of the best things that's ever been yours."
"Number one, Rapunzel, you are the best thing, not one of them. Second, nothing can compare with you." Eugene corrected.
Rapunzel just grinned and waited for Eugene to pick up on what she was telling him.
Eugene only gave her a look of confusion. What was she talking about? Did she not know how much he loved her? Nothing in the world could compare to her or compete with her in any way.
"Well, more specifically, ours. Eugene…well, don't freak out, but…we're having a baby."
Rapunzel watched as Eugene's eyes became as big as…as big as her frying pan, and his jaw dropped in astonishment.
They were having a baby?
Where did that come from?
Well, okay, yeah, he knew where it came from, but…when…how…?
He was going to be a father?
Though Eugene would later insist that he did not pass out, Rapunzel was pretty sure he was on the verge of it, at the very least.
Either way, the boat tipped and deposited both of them into the waters below.
Eugene instinctively grabbed hold of Rapunzel and brought her above water with him, just to make sure she was okay, though he knew she could very much swim. He pulled her close and wrapped his arms around her. Rapunzel smiled at him with shining green eyes reflecting the gleam of the lanterns around them. She let out a small giggle and blinked up at him with her wet lashes. Eugene grinned so wide he felt there was a possibility his face might break. But he didn't care. He pulled her closer and kissed her soundly.
"Blondie, we're having a baby." He said when they broke apart.
"I know." She said, beaming and placing a hand over her stomach.
Eugene took one of his hands away from its place wrapped around Rapunzel and put it on top of hers.
He looked up at her, grinning with excitement at the knowledge that their baby was in there.
"So when can we expect this little firework?" Eugene asked.
"Around the beginning of February." Rapunzel answered. "It'll be in the spring, Eugene." She whispered.
Spring usually came early for Corona, which was one of the things Rapunzel loved most about her kingdom. She loved the thought that their baby would be born when things were beginning to bloom and grow, because that's what would be happening to her and Eugene – a new chapter of their lives would be blooming and growing.
"That's perfect." Eugene whispered, unable to wipe the grin off his face.
He leaned down underwater and stole a kiss on Rapunzel's belly before sweeping her up into his arms and holding her as if she were the baby.
"Hey there, little one." He said towards her stomach. "Hi. How ya doin'? The name's Flynn Rider. How's your day goin', huh?"
Rapunzel laughed at her husband's imitation of some of his first words to her. Eugene winked at her and continued greeting the baby.
He stopped and gave Rapunzel a look of displeasure as she still giggled.
"Blondie, honestly, the thing can't hear me if you keep laughing and moving it around like that." He told her in a low voice of mock seriousness.
He sighed and continued.
"Anyway, just wanted to say hi, Baby. Daddy loves ya."
And with that, her gave her belly another kiss and returned his gaze to his princess. They slowly and lovingly tilted their foreheads into each other's, softly nuzzling noses when they met.
"I love you, Rapunzel." He smiled as he whispered softly.
"And I love you." She hummed, sighing happily.
When they returned to the castle, Rapunzel insisted that Eugene read the baby a Flynn Rider story. She fell asleep in his arms before he finished, but that was okay. It gave him time to think more about the baby.
His first reaction to the news, of course, was shock and excitement. But then, after it had settled in a bit, he realized more so of what this meant.
He was going to be a father.
Yes, poor orphan Eugene Fitzherbert was going to be a father.
And he had no idea how to be one.
There was this little baby inside of Rapunzel, a helpless little being that needed a momma and daddy.
And he was going to be that daddy, regardless of whether or not he was ready or knew how.
But he did know one thing.
For as long as he was living, he was going to love that baby for all he was worth.
A/N: Sooo, whaddya think? Review and tell me! Come on, don't be shy :) I'd love to know what you think! As always, constructive criticism is welcome!
Oh, and the summary, of course. Didn't want to reveal all the secrets at the beginning! (okay, there wasn't really any secrets, but we'll pretend there were.)
Basically, this is gonna be a story about Eugene and Rapunzel's first baby - you know, Rapunzel's pregnancy, the baby being born, and all that stuff that happens in between. For the most part, each chapter is going to be a month of the pregnancy, for example, this chapter is month two (as I'm figuring Rapunzel's about six weeks along here), next chapter will be month three, and so on!
Got it? Mkay, review!